Ensuring your hire vehicle runs efficiently during the winter months involves a few additional checks and precautions. Here are some key areas to focus on, if you are taking a vehicle from us for long term.
Engine and Fluids:
- Start the engine and let it run for a few minutes at least once a month. This helps circulate fluids and prevents components from seizing.
- Check the engine coolant level and make sure it’s suitable for cold temperatures. If necessary, add antifreeze to prevent freezing and overheating.
- Monitor the oil level and consider using a lower-viscosity oil for winter to facilitate easier cold starts.
- Regularly check tire pressure, as cold temperatures can cause pressure to drop. Maintain the recommended pressure levels for optimal handling, fuel efficiency, and tire life.
- If you’ll be driving in snowy or icy conditions, consider using winter tires for improved traction.
- Check the battery voltage regularly to ensure it’s holding a charge. If voltage drops significantly, it might indicate a battery issue.
- Clean the battery terminals and connections to prevent corrosion, which can hinder electrical performance.
- Use a fuel additive designed to prevent fuel from gelling in cold temperatures. This is especially important if you’ll be driving in very cold climates.
- Test the vehicles heating system before winter sets in. Make sure it’s working effectively to provide warmth inside the vehicle during cold weather.
- Check brake fluid levels and ensure proper brake function. Winter conditions can be challenging, so reliable brakes are crucial.
- Inspect all lights, including headlights, taillights, and turn signals. Ensure they’re functioning properly to maintain visibility in winter weather.
Wiper Blades and Washer Fluid:
- Replace worn wiper blades for optimal visibility in rain, snow, and sleet.
- Use a winter-grade washer fluid that won’t freeze in cold temperatures.
- Periodically clear snow and ice from the roof, windows, and mirrors to maintain visibility and prevent damage.
- Keep the vehicle clean and free of salt and road debris that can lead to corrosion.
- Assemble an emergency kit that includes warm clothing, blankets, food, water, a flashlight, batteries, a first aid kit, and any other essentials in case you get stranded.
- In cold weather, allow the engine to warm up before driving but avoid excessive idling. Idling wastes fuel and contributes to engine wear.
By staying proactive with these checks and maintenance tasks, you can ensure that your vehicle runs efficiently and safely throughout the winter months. Regular attention to these details will contribute to the overall performance and longevity of the vehicle. Any issues that need attention or advice, please contact Easihire directly.